Meliá Chiang Mai - The Best In Hospitality
Updated: Jan 9
I am back again. At Meliá Chiang Mai(click here to read my previous review). & this time at the new Presidential Suite that was just opened for reservations. Upon landing at the Chiang Mai Airport, I was picked up by the hotel's car & in less than 20 minutes, arrived at the elegant Meliá Chiang Mai. I really enjoyed the smiles when I stepped into the hotel, everyone still remembers me & is so sincere & beaming with true hospitality. I am extremely pleased to meet Ms Vipasiri whom we exchanged so many email correspondence with & who is ever so kind & helpful.
Welcome Drink Served By Mr Khaek At The Lobby
I checked into The Level Presidential Suite which combines luxury with modern elements. Everything in this suite is top notch. The calmness of the colours from the flooring to cushions, lights, beddings is perfect. The entire design encompasses what a modern discerning traveller would expect.
The Level Presidential Suite
It is luxury at its best. With 2 bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen area as well as as the incredible view of Chiang Mai, we were just blown away.
The Level Presidential Suite
Bathtub In Master Bedroom
This is basically the biggest bathtub that I have seen so far. As you can see, the bubble bath was absolutely enjoyable & necessary.
The Level Lounge
Living in the Presidential Suite gave me unlimited access to The Level Lounge which is an exclusive space where you enjoy perks like a private check-in & late check-out, exclusive breakfast service, afternoon tea as well as cocktails/ wine/ champagne (basically alcohol) & snacks in the evening for the grown ups.
The Level Lounge
The beautiful & classy executive lounge is designed in a salute to Chiang Mai's Bo Sang Umbrella Village. You can see large lit installations of umbrella ribs cling to the ceiling. Various artworks of umbrella canopies hang on the walls, such as those made from antique Chiang Mai textiles. The carpet’s concentric patterns, in the likes of gun-metal gray, periwinkle and soft amber hues, reference umbrella tops in a striking yet subdued way.
A Level Lounge Staff Making our Cocktail
Mai Restaurant & Bar is situated on the hotel’s 21st floor with panoramic views of the city & famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop. This intimate fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences accompanied by spectacular vistas is an absolute finesse. Under the stewardship of award-winning executive chef Suksant Chutinthratip (Billy) & sous chef Karn Phojun, the menu celebrates traditional Lanna cuisine in a contemporary fashion with Mediterranean touches. Each dish is so distinctive due to profound combinations of ingredients & textures, & the ‘360° Cuisine’ program promotes healthy & sustainable eating based on ‘farm to plate’ & ‘plate to farm’ processes.
Mai Restaurant & Bar
I had a wonderful evening at the restaurant watching the sunset, drinking wine & champagne & of course savouring the artisanal dishes. The Prik Num Yud Sai Moo which has blistered green chili stuffed with pork mousse & feta cheese crumbles opens up your appetite. The Hoi Shell Tom Khamin which is a fresh turmeric broth with scallops, lemongrass, kaffir lime, shallot & zucchini pearls & bird's eye chili tantalises your taste buds with that aromatic flavour. For the mains, I tried the Pla Salom Nham Prik Oung, which is a baked fillet of Atlantic salmon with nham prik oung. This dish is served with yellow lemon, sautéed gurmar leaves & steamed pandan rice. I personally feel that chef put a lot of thought into this dish. The combination of the perfectly done salmon marrying the fragrant pandan rice is a match made in heaven. Gai Banja Neung Khamin is a slow cooked thigh of brown rice fed chicken served with hot tomato relish, chayote, long beans & butternut. The chicken is so tender & the condiments presented brings this dish to another level.
Mai Restaurant & Bar is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm - 10pm. Dishes are priced from THB 190 – 850. Call +66 052 090 603, email email@example.com.
Chef Cooking A Bowl Of Noodles
The breakfast menu at the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant Laan Na Kitchen features Spanish, Mediterranean & Thai breakfast favorites. The variety is just too generous. It includes Tortilla Española(Spanish omelette), Torrijas Spanish style French toast, churros with chocolate dip, freshly baked almond croissant & much more. The station’s array of hot dishes includes freshly cooked eggs any style, breakfast ham, waffles, pancakes & rotation of local staple such as hung lay pork curry, khao soi noodles & steamed silky egg custard.
You can also enjoy the cold cut station that offers the likes of beef pastrami, serrano ham, chorizo & smoked turkey, to a cheese selection of Manchego, Emmenthal, feta, goat’s cheese & more, as well as an extensive choice of freshly baked bread & pastries.
Priced at THB 765 nett per person, the buffet breakfast is available daily between 6.30am – 10.30am. As part of a special offer on weekdays till 23 December 2022, the buffet is only THB 500 nett per person.
Monthly Sunday Brunch - Photo by Meliá Chiang Mai
Dubbed ‘Brunch del Domingo’, Laan Na Kitchen will also host a Sunday brunch on the first Sunday of each month from October to December 2022, 12pm – 3pm.
On the menu are Tortilla Española, chorizo & bacon quiche, imported Manchego & artisan cheeses are among the brunch’s Mediterranean favorites. A butcher’s corner serves a selection of cold cuts including Ibérico ham (jamón), Spanish sausage (chorizo), chicken ham, & smoked fish.
Prices are at THB 1,499 nett per person, THB 750 nett per child aged six to 12 years, & free for children aged five & below. A two-hour free-flow package with house wine, draft beer & soft drinks is THB 1,000 nett per person.
There is also a “come four, pay three” promotion, meaning four guests can enjoy the brunch for the price of three guests if booked at least one week in advance with a non-refundable deposit.
For more information and reservations, please contact Laan Na Kitchen Tel. +66 052 090 601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
360° Cuisine program - Video by Meliá Chiang Mai
Under the hotel’s ‘360° Cuisine’ program, its kitchen works closely with ORI9IN The Gourmet Farm in San Sai District, sourcing ‘farm to plate’ organic produce. The aim is to use as much pf each ingredient – roots, leaves, stems, stalks & more – before ‘plate to farm’ food waste & then returns to the farm as fertilizer in a truly 360° concept.
A Journey to the Farm Package - Photo by Meliá Chiang Mai
There is also a packaged priced at THB 8,800 nett per room for two which includes two nights in a Meliá Room, daily breakfast for two, & a day trip for two to the scenic farm inclusive of a picnic lunch.
I would like to give my sincere thanks to all the wonderful people at Meliá Chiang Mai for accommodating the video/ photo taking & for making this story possible. Once again, Meliá Chiang Mai wowed us with the best in hospitality. See you again soon, stay safe & stay well.
* My stay at Meliá Chiang Mai is fully paid by myself & all my reviews are absolutely unbiased.
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Meliá Chiang Mai has obtained “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health: SHA+” certification, developed by Thailand’s Ministry for Tourism in collaboration with public and private sector partners to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 & elevate the country’s tourism industry standards. Under the certification, Meliá Chiang Mai follows strict COVID-19 control guidelines by Thailand’s Department of Disease Control & Ministry of Public Health regarding sanitation & social distancing.
Meliá Chiang Mai has a raft of stringent health, safety and hygiene measures in place under a global program called “Stay Safe With Meliá” developed in collaboration with certification, inspection & testing company Bureau Veritas.
The “360 degree” program entails a strict cleaning & disinfection plan endorsed by supplier Diversey, & uses technological solutions to minimize physical contact between guests & staff as well as occupational health measures to identify people at risk & management of possible cases of infection. The program also includes post-COVID-19 standards to ensure the safety of food & beverage, wellness, entertainment & in-room experiences as well as operational guides targeting staff procedures, training & maintenance of facilities.